Burglaries in King's Cross ward
There were 16 burglaries recorded by the police in this neighbourhood in May 2013, or 3.5 for every 1,000 households – 300% more crimes than in the previous month. This is about the same number as in the same month last year and about the same as the average for this neighbourhood over the past 12 months.
Where do burglaries happen in King's Cross ward?
To protect the privacy of victims of crime, the Home Office does not release information about exactly where crimes happen. However, it does release enough information that we can determine approximate hotspots for different types of crime.
Hotspots are areas where there were significantly more crimes than would be expected if crimes happened at the same rate everywhere in London. This map shows the hotspots for burglaries in King's Cross ward in May.
How does King's Cross ward compare to other neighbourhoods?
King's Cross ward had about the same rate of burglaries as surrounding neighbourhoods last month but a lower rate than those neighbourhoods over the past 12 months. It had more burglaries than the average for neighbourhoods in Camden last month but about the same rate of burglaries as the average for Camden over the past 12 months.
The Office for National Statistics describes King's Cross ward as an ‘inner-city multicultural’ neighbourhood. King's Cross ward had more burglaries last month (and over the past 12 months) than the average for the 174 London neighbourhoods in this category.
Should I worry about burglaries in this neighbourhood?
Many people worry about becoming a victim of crime. It's important to remember that:
- the chance of becoming a victim of crime is low – there were fewer than four burglaries for every 1,000 households in King's Cross ward last month, and
- most crimes are minor – less-serious burglaries are usually much more common than more-serious ones.
Since 1995, the number of crimes in England and Wales has almost halved1. However, if you are worried about crime in this area, there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself.
Six ways to help keep this neighbourhood safe
- Find out how to protect yourself from burglaries.
- Get in touch with the police safer neighbourhoods team responsible for policing this neighbourhood by email or by calling 07920 233769.
- Report local problems like graffiti, fly tipping or broken street-lights.
- Pass information anonymously to the police via Crimestoppers.
- Join your local neighbourhood watch group.
- Ask your local MP, London Assembly member or borough councillor what they are doing to fight crime.
The information on this page is based on official police records of crime, which is the best available information for estimating local crime trends. However, the figures on this page might not be a complete picture of burglaries in this neighbourhood because:
not all crimes are reported to the police
The Home Office estimates that about 70% of burglaries in England and Wales are reported to the police. This is higher than the reporting rate for other types of crime. If that pattern was repeated in this neighbourhood, there would have been seven unreported burglaries here in May.
some crimes might be recorded as other crimes instead
For example, if a person breaks into house and uses violence to steal property, this might be recorded as a robbery rather than a burglary.
some reported crimes might not actually have happened
There are generally two ways that this can happen. The first is when a person deliberately reports a crime that they know hasn't happened, for example to make a false insurance claim. The second is when a person reports a crime they believe has happened but later new information shows that no crime occurred, for example if a person finds some property that they had reported stolen.
The crime rates on this page are calculated based on the number of households. In general, crime rates are a good way to compare neighbourhoods, but they are not completely accurate because there is no way to know exactly how many households are in each neighbourhood.
In particular, the number of households in King's Cross ward may have been underestimated because the neighbourhood:
is largely non-residential
About 11,800 live in this neighbourhood but about 18,100 spend weekdays here (not including people who come to shop, visit businesses or to meet with friends or family). Most people who are here in the daytime are here because they work in the neighbourhood.
This means that the local rate of burglaries may have been overestimated in comparison to other neighbourhoods. Be careful if you are comparing this neighbourhood with others.
Burglary rates are particularly difficult to calculate because police records include burglaries of business and other buildings as well as home burglaries. Since there are no available estimates of the number of non-residential buildings in each neighbourhood, the burglary rate can only be based on the number of households in each neighbourhood. This means the burglary rate is likely to be overestimated, particularly in non-residential neighbourhoods.
1 figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales.